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The way we choose to group and categorize objects can reveal how we process information and create meaning. Prior knowledge, context, memories, and our particular interests all influence the types of information we are each able or not able to see. By looking at the similarities and differences between objects either found in nature or fabricated, we can reveal information that adds nuance and complexity to our understanding and exercises our abilities of perception. Careful study of an object out of its original context can reveal previously unnoticed details of form and function.
In Part One, students will group and regroup
natural specimens thematically. In Part
Two, they will do the same with works of art. The goal is to help students recognize
how information is revealed through the
relationships and systems that underlie
the natural sciences and the art world. They will articulate their reasons for grouping different works of art together with a written curatorial statement.
To encourage new insights at all levels, consider asking an art teacher and a science teacher to co-facilitate this lesson.
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